IUPUI Online Lectures To Examine COVID, Unrest And Philanthropy

Online course work in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and what it and other crises mean for philanthropy will be offered this fall by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.

The eight-week course, which will be taught by Amir Pasic, Ph.D., the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school, will examine the roles of philanthropy in crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial awakening following George Floyd’s killing. How do crises affect philanthropy and nonprofits, and what role does philanthropy play in society before, during and after such crises?

“As a period of intense trouble and danger, often exposing pre-existing inequities in society, a crisis demands intense responses,” Pasic said. “What roles does philanthropy play in this response? As we emerge from the crisis, what roles can philanthropy have in shaping the new normal? And, as we consider the world before the pandemic, how was philanthropy prepared?”

The “Philanthropy in Times of Crisis” class will examine philanthropic activities in disasters such as pandemics, wars and recessions and how they increase understanding of philanthropy.

The course will draw on the expertise of multiple Lilly Family School of Philanthropy faculty members, as well as insights from philanthropic leaders featured in the school’s Perspectives in Philanthropy Speaker Series. Students will receive weekly recorded lectures from the following guest lecturers on timely, relevant issues such as:

  • Historical comparisons going back to the Great Influenza with Kathi Badertscher, Ph.D.
  • Inequities and approaches to outcomes in philanthropy with Lehn Benjamin, Ph.D.
  • The disproportionate impact on communities of color with Tyrone Freeman, Ph.D.
  • Global grassroots responses to COVID-19 with Catherine Herrold, Ph.D.
  • Data, truth and communication in a pandemic: Using data to navigate with Patricia Snell Herzog.
  • Compassion for self and others: managing burnout while helping with Sara Konrath, Ph.D.
  • Global efforts to measure giving to COVID-19 relief causes with Una Osili, Ph.D.
  • How community foundations are recreating communities in times of crisis with Dr. Laurie Paarlberg, Ph.D.
  • Giving to a disaster or giving during a recession, what’s going on now? with Patrick Rooney, Ph.D.
  • The role of faith as a unifier and divider in periods of crisis with David King, Ph.D.
  • Why and how to fundraise during and after the pandemic with Timothy Seiler; Ph.D.
  • Philanthropic leadership in an era of disruption and ambiguity with Bill Stanczykiewicz.
  • The challenge for arts and culture sectors with Eugene R. Tempel, Ph.D.;
  • Giving within and across borders – the impact of COVID-19 with Pamala Wiepking.
  • How does the record of national service inform the response to COVID-19 with Leslie Lenkowsky, Ph.D.
  • How might COVID-19 affect the humanitarian impulse and what can we learn from the history of humanitarianism? with Amanda Moniz, Ph.D., and David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy, Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

The Philanthropy in Times of Crisis class will be conducted asynchronously online, with eight synchronous, live Zoom sessions at noon (EDT) on Fridays from Oct. 23 through Dec. 18. Students unable to attend the live sessions will be able to view recordings. The class is open to people with a bachelor’s degree or higher who are not pursuing a degree with the school, as well as to the school’s current graduate students. Class size is limited.

People interested in participating in this course or seeking additional information about it may contact Pamela Clark at [email protected]